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Diego Costa on Ibrahimovic and what Mourinho and Simeone have in common


Chelsea striker Diego Costa is relishing the prospect of facing Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Blues face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Since joining the French giants in the summer of 2012 from Milan, the Sweden international scored 92 goals in 115 appearances for the club.

And Costa is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to come up against the 33-year-old on Tuesday night.

"Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] is a beast," Costa told British magazine Sport.

"He is one of those players that I like because of his character and his quality.

"He is among the best strikers in football history. We all know how hard it is going to be playing against PSG.

"Most of their footballers play at international level. If we want to progress, we must do very well in both legs."

The Spaniard was one of the key players in Diego Pablo Simeone's side at Atletico and says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has a lot in common with the Argentine.

"[Jose] Mourinho and [Diego Pablo] Simeone have plenty of things in common," he said.

"Such as the passion for the game or the levels of commitment they demand from players.

"They ask the player to give everything he has inside. However, when it comes to tactics, Mourinho and Simeone have a different vision of the game.

"I've learnt many things from Mourinho. We all know that he’s among the best managers in the world. When you arrive in a team with a manager like him, you try to spot every single thing you can learn from him.

"Every manager has a different way of reading the game. In regards to Jose Mourinho, he is a clever manager who spots very well the opponent’s virtues and weaknesses. Our training sessions are based on that."

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